Articles by Yasmina Zaidman
NexThought Monday: There’s a First Time for Everything: Acumen and Dow’s Technical Assistance Initiative brings together MNCs, startups
On May 14-16, Acumen held its first summit of social enterprises and global corporations to explore opportunities for collaboration aimed at expanding access to critical goods and services for poor communities in East and West Africa. The event was the formal kick-off of the Technical Assistance (TA) Initiative, a partnership between Acumen and Dow launched as a Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative.
We’ve made incredible progress with some major issues like polio and AIDS/HIV, and seen remarkable progress on issues like maternal health care and diarrheal disease. But I’ve surrendered to the fact that I, and even my organization, do not have the answers to these big challenges. But we know people who do: Entrepreneurs.
World Food Day: Availability, Access and Use : Stronger agricultural inputs, tools and financing are key
In much of the world populations are expanding dramatically with demand for food increasing in-step. Food security is composed of three facets; availability, access and use, and in many of the countries where we invest we see challenges across all three. At Acumen Fund we believe that a critical way to improve food security is by improving smallholder farmers’ access to stronger agricultural inputs, tools and financing. In a sector where innovation abounds, millions of smallholder farmers are still struggling to produce decent crop yields, resulting in poor nutrition, bad health and stagnant growth. For the last decade Acumen has been addressing this issue through a series of innovative investments in agriculture in Africa and South Asia.
At the most basic level, engaging smallholder farmers in global agricultural supply chains may be one of the most powerful ways to reduce global poverty and ameliorate environmental degradation. It was a key point of discussion at the Sustainable Value Chain Finance Workshop, co-hosted by the Rainforest Alliance and Citi Foundation.